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TVEC signs MoU with Australian Aid funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Programme

Dr. K.A. Lalithadheera, Director General of Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission and David Ablett, Team Leader, Skills for Inclusive Growth signs the MoU in the presence of officers of both entities and special invitees.
Dr. K.A. Lalithadheera, Director General of Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission and David Ablett, Team Leader, Skills for Inclusive Growth signs the MoU in the presence of officers of both entities and special invitees.

The apex body in technical and vocational education and training sector, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) entered an MoU with the Australian Government funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Programme (S4IG) managed by Palladium International Group to increase collaboration to strengthen skills development in tourism.

S4IG is a skills development programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) implemented in Sri Lanka in accordance with the terms of a Subsidiary Agreement signed on March 31 between DFAT and the Sri Lankan State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Training, Research and Innovations.

Data from the National Census of 2012 indicates a disability prevalence rate of 8.7%, with only 45% of youth with disabilities aged 15-19 years old attending upper secondary (grades 10 and 11) and collegiate (grades 12 and 13) levels.

While historically people with disabilities are mainly enrolled in separate schools for education and vocational training, the recent policies issued by TVEC explicitly promotes training of persons with disabilities within mainstream vocational training institutes and support the transformation and incorporation of disability specific TVET programmes into NVQ framework. While enrolment of persons with disabilities in NVQ training courses remains so far limited, the circular aims to specifically remove assessment related barriers people with disabilities may face in the TVET system.

TVEC will now enable the accreditation of S4IG-developed training courses/modules developed in collaboration with the tourism industry, government, and private hospitality-related training institutes. This will support TVEC to create International Standard curricula.

The MoU formalizes the recognition of prior learning (RPL) and upskilling of existing personnel in the hospitality sector to enhance the skills of chefs and kitchen operations staff and enables work-based and online assessment tools developed for the micro, small and medium enterprises to be scaled out across Sri Lanka. The TVEC website will now incorporate online flexible learning opportunities in the tourist and hospitality industries.

S4IG will support TVEC in creating tools for all district coordination committees to identify skills gaps and eliminate local skill mismatches to produce the needed skills for local economic development.

To ensure successful implementation, TVEC will appoint a steering committee which will meet monthly initially and quarterly to monitor quality and enable effective delivery of this MoU. With S4IG’s technical assistance, the steering committee will include promoting awareness of inclusion related initiatives, the development of an action plan, distributing responsibilities to relevant parties, collecting data to showcase changes and improvements and monitoring implementation. Members of the steering committee will be key representatives from TVEC, S4IG, Industry and the Skills Ministry.

S4IG further undertook to work with the TVEC’s media and marketing unit to build social media capacity, digital content creation, digital awareness and ensure this includes more focus on engaging women and people with disabilities to participate in the vocational training system and be able to access improved incomes.

 


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